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the nation-founder, or so he's regarded  
   

the nation-founder, or so he's regarded

Ismoil Somoni, otherwise known as Isma'il ibn Ahmad, the Samanid amir of Transoxiana and Khorasan
Keeping its secrets

July 20th 2014
Dushanbe – the capital of Tajikistan for those who haven’t devoted their recent leisure time to scrutinising maps of Central Asia – is a city that doesn’t let you in easily. It doesn’t readily open its arms to receive the stranger. There’s no tacit “Hey, come over here! This is where it’s at!”. It’s not that it’s at all unwelcoming to the visitor; it’s just too busy having ... read more
Asia » Tajikistan » Dushanbe

Tajikistani Flag The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s and 1870s, but Russia's hold on Central Asia weakened following the Revolution of 1917. Bolshevik control of the area was fiercely contested and not fully reestablished until 1925. Tajikistan beca... ... read more
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